MAKING THINGS HAPPEN

FOR KASHIWA!

A New Kind of Society

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OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

ABOUT THE AREA

What is Urakashi?

Welcome to Kashiwa City, a part of Chiba prefecture and home to 420,000 people. A 29 minute train ride away from Ueno, Tokyo - lies Kashiwa station or “Little Shibuya” as some call it.

While Kashiwa station is the face of the city with grand department stores and fashion shops, “Urakashi” (literally translates to “backside Kashiwa”) area is like the other side of the coin - just a short walk from the station you’ll discover unique stores, amazing restaurants and a vast amount of other interesting locations that exude individuality, attention to detail and personality that you won’t find anywhere else.

The area emerged in the early 2000’s as the area suddenly experienced a high influx of young business entrepreneurs that wanted to build the next latest and greatest shop concept after another, which is still the case today.

The Kashiwa Information Center thought the area got so distinct that it needed its own brand, hence Urakashi - the back side of Kashiwa.

CULTURAL EXCHANGE

URAKASHI AMBASSADORS

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WHO ARE WE?

As Urakashi cultural exchange ambassadors, it’s our goal to help international visitors to our area have the most pleasant, exciting and rewarding visit as possible.

INTRODUCING OUR AMBASSADORS

John Pauli Koskimaa

KOSKIMAA DESIGN

After living in Tokyo for several years, I stumbled upon this fantastic city of Kashiwa and haven't looked back since. It really has everything...except a huge retro arcade hall. I'll see to that in the future.

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Kazue Osa

YAKITORI TSUKASA

Hi, it’s Kazue! I am a third generation of running Izakaya which is a Japanese style pub where you can enjoy meals and drinking Sake! Please enjoy the way of Japan in Kashiwa!

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Loki

American Vape

I’ve lived in Kashiwa for 10 years, and the city has evolved in very good way. It's taking the best of Tokyo and merging it together. If you want to enjoy the true lifestyle of Japan - Kashiwa is the place.

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FOR NEW VISITORS

GOOD TO KNOW

Table Charge

It’s common for restaurants in Japanto impose a modest fee on your bill. The fee, or otōshi as it’s called - usually range from 300 to 700 yen and include a small side dish to wet your appetite in between placing the order and the food arriving at the table.

No Tipping

You are not expected to tip in Japan. Offering to pay more than what the price says will likely leave your table waiter, taxi driver or hotel clerk very confused, or even slightly insulted! Why pay more than what the price says?

Japanese Sales Tax

Don’t be so surprised if you have to pay ¥1080 when the price tag said ¥1000. It’s common for businesses in Japan not to include the 8% sales tax in the price, but instead write the price and “+tax”. This is because there is an ongoing discussion to raise it to 10%, and when it happens it’d be a pain to redo all those menus and price tags.

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For a hundred years

ABOUT OUR GROUP

What is THE Urakashi 100-Year Society?

Our society consists of business and location owners in Kashiwa, but also people who are just big fans and lovers of the area itself.

These are our main missions:

1. To create an even more pleasant and exciting town where people can gather and develop their trade.

2. To give birth to great ideas by gathering fun and interesting people. Keeping thoughts to yourself like “It would be fun if Kashiwa had…” or “I want to see the city become like…” - is a waste and a damn shame. When we all come together, we can turn the best of those ideas into reality.

3. To love and cherish our society in our own independent ways, sticking to our beliefs while at the same time have the outmost respect for other people’s opinions as well.

Simply put, the Urakashi 100-Year Society is a unification of merchants and craftspeople with an unconditional love for the area.

THE PEOPLE BEHIND IT

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Urakashi Board Members

CHAIRMAN

RYŌHEI YOSHIOKA

吉岡 亮兵

Embroidery nui
Director

MESSAGE

Urakashi 100-Year Society is full of individuals walking their own path. Like a DJ that mix sounds, and an embroider that connects threads - I aim to connect people and skills in order to bring forth wonderful things that will benefit people of this area, even a hundred years from now.

VICE 
PRESIDENT

SATORU MIWA

三輪 理

Gleeful Co.,Ltd
CEO

MESSAGE

I’ve been involved in the Urakashi movement ever since the start back in the day. By nurturing and raising up the area around us, it will have a positive impact on the prosperity of our local businesses as well. In order to protect ourselves, we have to let go of hypocrisy and work together now. That’s what I believe.

VICE
PRESIDENT

KYŌHEI KOBAYASHI

小林 享平

American Vape Kashiwa
Director

MESSAGE

One step at a time, by advancing and polishing our fun and interesting ideas - we, the members of Urakashi 100-Year Society can materialize and make them into something great and real. We aim to make the maximum use of our own individual strengths in order to create the most exciting area ever.

Representative
Director

YŌSUKE TANAKA

田中 庸介

Recollage Co.,Ltd
CEO

MESSAGE

The Urakashi area is bursting with unique and original shops. Even though we’re not all in the same category of business, by building a brand and using the 100-Year Society as a means of communication, we’ll be able to spread the word about the continuous discovery of this charming area that is glowing with so much untapped potential.

Exec.
Secretary

NAO KOSKIMAA

コスキマー 菜緒

Koskimaa Design
Coordinator

MESSAGE

Kashiwa was the place of my youth. At a point in time, I left Kashiwa to live in Tokyo - but since I’ve made my return it is even more clear that my heart never left this home town of mine. Together with the members of the Urakashi 100-Year Society, I now have an opportunity to assist in the quest for making impacts that last for many, many years to come.

Auditor

SHUNICHI ANJŌ

安生 俊一

CHATEO Co.,Ltd
CEO

MESSAGE

Kashiwa is a place where city and farmland both coexist, but there are still a vast amount of untapped potential. As for me, I think I can bring a lot to the table from a restaurant owner and farmer’s point of view. With the power of the Urakashi 100-Year Association, I aim to help making an even richer city. Thank you for your support!

Board
Member

HIDEKI MATSUDA

松田 英樹

DINING BAR ROOF
CEO

MESSAGE

I’m highly anticipating all the new ideas and subcultures that will emerge and develop through the Urakashi 100-Year Association. Personally, I want to contribute to the creation of a charming and attractive city, all while exchanging information and ideas from angles never explored before. I’m really grateful to everyone participating in this society!

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